Network Lab #2
A just and inclusive green transition
29-31 May 2024, Evry (France)

Evry and Senart are two New Towns in the municipality of Grand Paris Sud that are both in transition to improve their equity and sustainability. They have very different characteristics and issues: Evry is more urban with a dense urban centre; its challenge is linked to the renovation of the urban core and its attractivity. Sénart is a ‘city in nature’ with a need to develop a strategy to better consider its green assets. Both towns have ‘priority’ neighbourhoods with large migrant populations, in which Grand Paris Sud is focusing on the reduction of inequality by social programs and urban renewal. Grand Paris Sud is working on different strategies to make its municipalities more sustainable. It is developing Eco-neighborhoods, heating networks, a bicycle plan and active public transport links, strategies for the reuse of brownfield sites and the reuse of soil and materials, and it is creating the CAAP, Centre for Art Architecture Landscape Heritage (, which will offer a place of experimentation to architecture schools and become an exhibition space.

Next to that, it is developing strategies to make the green transition as just and inclusive as possible especially for the most vulnerable groups such as (migrant) women, for instance by offering language programs and bicycling courses. The city aims to raise awareness among residents (positive energy families, composters, etc.) and to modify the inhabitants’ habits so that they become greener. Also, the city is using tactical urban planning as a way of experimentation which is inexpensive, extensible and reversible, as a tool for iterative planning.


29 May 2024
Arrival participants during the morning in Grand Paris Sud
12:30 Official welcome at the agglomeration headquarters followed by a lunch
Presentation on Grand Paris Sud

14:00 - 16:00 Visit to the urban centre of Évry-Courcouronnes
Visit of the energy-efficiency renovation of housing project in the neighbourhood “Pyramides”
16:00 - 18:00 Introduction to the lab by INTI and presentation of 2 co-referent New Towns

19:00 Dinner

30 May 2024
8:15 Departure
Cycling tour on the 3 themes: sustainable food, energy, and green urban planning
9:00 Visit eco-district “Les Docks” in Ris-Orangis – example of green urban planning
11:15 Visit urban farm “Saint Lazare” in Grigny
12:45 Lunch at CFP (“centre de formation professionelle” = training and professionalisation centre)

14:00 Visit neighbourhood “Grande Borne”
16:00 Train back to Évry-Courcouronnes

19:00 Dinner

31 May 2024
9:00 Collaborative workshop with inputs from participants about 3 topics :
energy, sustainable food and green urban planning
12:00 Lunch

End of the lab and departures


Simone Rots, Michelle Provoost, Caterina Tioli, Ilyass Benkhattab, Gauke van Rij, Misko Papac, Yoana Mitvichina, Magriet Panman, Marcus Heinke, Jochen Becker, Constanze Musterer, Inge Breugem, Magriet Panman, Roxana Maria Triboi, Georgi Marhov, Alex Axinte, Ioana Tudora, Gabriella Zsinka, Csaba Gyöngyössy, Kinga Kotras, Béatrix Goeneutte, Wilfried Pingault, Maja Pličanić, Samna Durmo, Anton Makarjev, Aivar Kamal, Blaž Kosovel, Elżbieta Urbańska-Kłapa, Serena Pappalardo, Jadwiga Bryś, Oksana Beliakova, Oksana Denisenko, Shane Downer, Joris Vermeiren